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November 15, 2009

Writing Exercise #5- Dialogue

Filed under: Writing Exercises — Tags: , — ax20 @ 6:31 pm

An important part of writing is getting the dialogue correct. It needs to sound natural. So, one good way to work on this is by taking a pen and paper and sitting in a place like a crowded cafe. Write down a few different conversations you hear (try to include accents, exact wording, etc). Include the pauses, the umms, the ohs, the likes, etc. Now take the dialogues you have transcribed, and write them into a story. An important thing to do here is remember that you want to keep the dialogue natural but also keep in mind that readers don’t want to read the word “like” a hundred times, even if the real person says it. It’s about finding a balance between what people really say and what will make the story good.


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